Emergency Lighting Testing
Emergency Lighting is a legal requirement in all premises where people are employed. It is a mandatory requirement to comply with:
- BS 5266-1:2005 Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises
- The Building regulations 2000
- The Fire Precautions (workplace) regulations 1997
- The Health And Safety (Safety Signs And Signals) Regulations 1996
The emergency lighting system installed in your premises requires to be inspected and tested at the following intervals:
- 6 Monthly
We offer the inspection and testing for the 6 monthly and annual periods. This test is carried out for the full rated duration of your emergency lighting, normally 3 hours. During this test we ensure the correct operation of the emergency lighting system, the correct location of the fittings and the correct signage is in place. Our engineers carry iPads to enable them to carry out NICEIC electrical certificates onsite and email PDF copies direct to project manager or clients.
Landlords are required by law to ensure their properties are electrically safe view the NICEIC Landlords Fact Sheet here.
Why do I need it?
The Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulations 1997 state that “Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case lighting fails”. Emergency lighting systems are installed to provide assistance in evacuating a building in the event of loss of supply to the general lighting circuits through fire for instance. It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure that these systems are suitably maintained and checked to ensure they are safe and compliant. All emergency lighting systems should now be installed, tested and inspected in accordance with BS5266-1.
What does it involve?
Emergency lighting test and inspection requires that every circuit supplying an emergency light is isolated to demonstrate that the internal battery in the emergency fittings keeps the exits illuminated during power failure. Every 12 months a 3 hour run down test should be performed to ensure the battery is capable of doing so for the desired period. Each light is inspected to ensure it operates correctly and that the lamp inside is sound. Furthermore we will ensure that there are a sufficient number of lights and that the correct evacuation legends are fitted.
Why use us?
It is vital that this type of work is carried by a qualified and experienced electricians who have experience of test and inspection and have been trained and qualified in emergency lighting inspection work specifically. Cablefrog have over 20 years experience so you can be assured a quality service.
What does it include?
Upon completion of emergency lighting test and inspection you will receive a report that details the following:
- Installation details and characteristics
- Circuit information and test results
- Schedule of items tested and inspected
- A list of any defects or deviations from the British Standard (these will require attention)
In a nutshell we will check that the emergency lights stay illuminated for three hours on their battery backup, provide you with a certificate, detail you of any work that needs to be carried out and ensure you are keeping your responsibilities and satying on the right side of the law.
What could happen if I don’t do it?
There are many reasons not to do emergency lighting test and inspection such as cost, inconvenience, or lack of knowledge. However none of these reasons will be accepted as a defence in the event that loss of power supply occurs and safe evacuation is not possible. Aside from the threat of prosecution in the event of fire, injury or death, surely the safety of your colleagues, employees, patients or belongings are reason enough to test and inspect emergency lighting systems at work.
How much will it cost?
The cost of emergency lighting test and inspection varies depending on location, type of installation, size of building, access and availability of previous records. We offer free quotations so there are no hidden costs. Prices start from £120 for small units. Contact us to discuss your options further or to arrange a free no obligation quote.